What You'll Get
Without jewelry, style-conscious individuals would be forced to glue gems and scraps of precious metal directly to their delicate skin. Experience the eureka moment of the first jewelry maker with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one three-hour Beadgirl Boot Camp class (a $70 value) at Caravan Beads in Roscoe Village. Classes will take place Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each class supports up to seven participants, so call ahead to reserve your slot.
Caravan has been stringing Chicago bead fans together since the store opened in 1994. The shop includes retail space, as well as separate classrooms in which to develop beads of sweat through a boot camp class for beading beginners. Learn about the nature of stringing materials and which wire gauges are best for the projects at hand. Stop struggling with microscopic findings, and let one of Caravan's highly skilled teachers steady your hands and teach you the proper elvish incantations for closing jump rings. All necessary materials for completing the boot-camp projects are included and will be available in the classroom. After three hours of intensive training in the militant discipline of jewelry craft, participants will be prepared to fight the rampant untamed beads terrorizing the nearby countryside. Leave the workshop with confidence in your step and a pair of wire-wrapped earrings, a wire-linked bracelet, and a beaded necklace clutched in your fist.
The shop's bright interior is lined with cheery, citrus-hued walls, while nearly every available surface drips with myriad decorative orbs, from seed beads and Czech glass to Swarovski crystals. Although today's Groupon is not valid for retail purchases, with newly acquired beading skills thrumming through your brainal regions, you may find Caravan is an ideal place to pick up whatever materials you may need to further colonialize the untamed empire of jewelry creation.
Centerstage Chicago says:
- Caravan Beads offers two routes to shoppers: buy items to hand-make your gifts or shop here for the particularly crafty people on your list. This colorful shop is a beader's dream: bright tables of gold, silver and copper beads, Czech glass, Chinese redwood, bone and multicolored beads in all shapes and sizes. The store offers classes and workshops for beginners to experts, including holiday ornament making, wire working and stringing techniques. – Genevra Gallo
- The girls are friendly and very creative. – So B., Judy's Book
- You can make items on the tables at the center of the store, take them home, or sign up for a class if you're just beginning. Some already completed pieces are for sale too, but doesn't that take all the fun out of it? – Christine Z., Insider Pages
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Caravan Beads of Chicago
Throughout nearly two decades of collecting and reselling beads, owner Charlene Steele has gathered more than one million types of baubles including Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and Miyuki seed beads and Delica beads. In addition to a variety of beads and jewelry components from Czech glass buttons to crystal pendants, customers can drape themselves in the shop's finished jewelry. To learn techniques for making their own treasures, patrons can attend beginner to advanced classes, in which knowledgeable instructors teach students how to wire wrap a stone or preserve a small photo or dried flower in a resin pendant. The shop hosts private parties for kids and adults alike.